Kobe, Trayvon and Black Twitter

There's speculation in the article, and elsewhere, that spending his childhood in Italy and in the American suburbs led to a disconnect between Bryant and black culture. But that, again, implies that there is a singular black experience with which to connect. Bryant chooses to focus on the path laid down by Martin Luther King Jr. and downplay differences. That was never more evident than in his Instagram post from Thursday that quoted King -- "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" -- and added "WE can't further the movement if WE don't further the movement ourselves. #equality #colorblind embrace our cultures history and how far we've come while continuing to take it further #itsonus."

It's an idealistic view, one that assumes that if you don't discriminate based on skin color that no one else will, either. It's shaped by his confidence in the power of one and the ability for individuals to overcome all. What he learned is that failing to believe in the possibility of being a victim can be the quickest path to victimhood yourself.

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